This study into how the stories of the Old Testament impacted Jesus as he grew into a man has really been invigorating to me. Seeing how Jesus would have grown in his wisdom and knowledge of God and man through these has really had me thinking about how these stories also impact me through Jesus. Thanks for taking the time to read.
Sometimes the reading of the Word can be overly rich. It is hard to relate back just one thing we see. Forgive me if this seems scattered or long. I love how in Exodus 23:1-9 we see a very clear connection to the trial Jesus endured. Everything God told his people not to do in a trial setting they did at Jesus' trial. The crowd gave way to go along with everyone else. They brought in malicious witnesses then the crowd went along with false testimony. They put an innocent men to death. A bribe was accepted and through all this the poor and foreigners were oppressed. However, God clearly states in the middle of it all, "I will not acquit the guilty!" I can imagine this small passage playing through Jesus' mind as his trial was underway. In fact, he could have quoted it and brought all his accusers to task with the very law they were trying to use to accuse him, but he kept his mouth shut because of his love for you and me. Then in 23:20-33, we see God declaring He will send an angel with "his Name" ahead of Israel and this is followed by 10 "I will's" declaring what God was going to do if they obeyed and followed Him. Of course, it was all based on "If" Israel listened to the Angel of the Lord and obeyed all that God said. Think of Jesus soaking these words in, a young Jewish boy longing to do what all Jewish boys desired! Obeying Gods law completely. Then Jesus as he grew in wisdom sees what His Father "Will Do" as he obeys. He would be an enemy to all Jesus's enemies (especially the Enemy) God would oppose the opposers. His blessing would be on his food and water (as he would be the bread of life and the fount of living waters). And the list goes on. Jesus was allowed to be impacted by these great promises as he came to a full understanding of who He was and who His Father is and he could rest assured that what His Father promised, would be done. What a beautiful story written so that a young man named Jesus could one day hear it, read it, and believe it and trust in His Father, even all the way to a death on the cross, knowing his obedience would be accepted and that in turn, God would follow through on every one of His "I Wills" #Impact #EnjoyTheShepherd
Reading today in Exodus 25-26, it is full of all these fine details on how the Tabernacle is to be built. Moses is up on the Mountain in the cloud with God getting detailed instructions for when he goes back down. This morning impact moment came in the first two verses of chapter 25. God is speaking to Moses and tells him to take up an offering for the items needed for the building of the Tabernacle from "those who are prompted to give," or the MSG says "from those who are willing to give." Then, without waiting for the offering to be taken up, God goes straight into His plans and designs for the place in which He would choose to "dwell" with his people. In other words, God knew there would be plenty to accomplish His work. Imagine the great impact this had on Jesus as he has worked in the market place all His adult life, waiting for the word "Go" from His Father. When that time comes, Jesus is not a self made millionaire nor has he accumulated enough wealth to go on mission for 3 years. Rather, His Father said to Go and promises that He would supply Jesus all he needed through the willingness of others to give. As Jesus read this story and saw the enormity of the items needed for the Tabernacle to be completed, he may have been tempted to be like any other man and think "wow, we better make sure we have all this stuff before we begin!" However, His Father displayed for him in this story a beautiful truth, Where God intends to accomplish a work, the necessary supplies will be provided! Jesus could take his own personal "leap of faith" into a life on ministry because He knew His Father would prompt the hearts of those who were willing to supply His earthly needs and He could also trust His Father to supply ALL his needs to overcome the struggles he would certainly face! What a beautiful moment of Impact for Jesus to read this story and be able to go forward in boldness knowing that all his needs for his earthly Tabernacle (body) would be supplied both for his life and for the grace needed in his death! #Impact #EnjoyTheShepherd
The depths of the riches of Scripture is unsearchable. It just keeps going and going. This morning in Exodus 28 I read of the stones on the shoulder and breastplate of the priest. The ones on the shoulders carried the names of the twelve tribes of Israel and they were cut into the stone "as a gem cutter engraves a seal." In other words they are permanent and "sealed". They were put on the priest shoulders so he could beat them before the Lord as a "memorial before the Lord." (v.11-2). Then later in verse 21 we see each name engraved "like a seal" on a stone on the breastplate of the priest so the names would be "over his heart" as "a continual reminder before the Lord." (v.29). And why was it over his heart, our modern day symbol of love? The end of v.30 says the priest "will always bear the means of making decisions for the people over his heart before the Lord." What an impactful moment for Jesus as he grew in his understanding of his role as high priest and knew he would bear the names of each of his children on his shoulders before his Father, holding us up as a memorial before Him and that our names would be over His heart as he makes decisions on our be